Two New Songs for Worship
By Diana Sanchez-Bushong
Following are two new offerings from gifted worship and music leaders. We hope you will find them helpful for your in person or online worship services.
Help Me Trust You
Chris Aytes’ “Help Me Trust You” is a prayerful song of praise and lament written from a place of anxiety. It is also a declaration of faith in a God who hears our prayers before we even ask.
Chris Aytes is a worship leader, singer/songwriter and professional-grade coffee nerd who serves at First United Methodist Church in Gonzales, Louisiana. Chris lives with his wife and two children in Luling, Louisiana.
Chris’ latest release, the “Help Me Trust You” EP, is a collection of songs focused on practicing God’s presence through difficult seasons in life. You can find it, along with his other releases, on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, or wherever you purchase or stream music.
Rejoice the Lord is King
“Rejoice the Lord is King” is a choral anthem written by Penny Rodriguez. She states, “I've always enjoyed writing new tunes for old hymns, and this one was no exception. Charles Wesley wrote these lyrics in the 1700s and they have certainly stood the test of time. One little musical play on words that I used was to repeat the phrase ‘again, I say rejoice!’ And it also was fun and somehow appropriate to write a soprano descant for the verse about heaven . . . hopefully you have some angelic sounding sopranos in your choir!”
Penny is a pianist, composer and recording artist who began playing piano at the age of 6 in the jungles of Peru, where her parents served as missionaries. She earned a degree in piano performance from Moody/American Conservatory of Music. She has had many piano books and choral pieces published, but more recently has turned her focus to composing art songs for solo voice and piano, using beautiful old poetry for the lyrics. Penny has recorded eleven albums. She lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband, Dave, where their biggest source of joy is spending time with their grandchildren.
Click here to learn more about Penny Rodriguez.